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Remembering the Past

Remembering the Past

This is something that has got me thinking a lot because you cannot run away from it, you are constantly surrounded by those very same people.
Thinking back on how we were raised by our grandparents and all those memorable lessons we were taught, I cannot by all means compare it with today’s generation. I remember how we would gather around the fire at the reservation and we were told stories of the old location; how our forefathers were raised.
They told us how they would just do a task given to them even if it was not by their biological parents or how they knew what their duties were when rising up to the morning sun. Boys did their chores and so did the girls without so much as a glance of the eye. As children they knew it was their duty.
I was told that back then our forefathers were very humble people. If something was to happen in the house, it would never sneak out to the neighbours, that is how discreet they were. They would solve whatever issue they had and it would stay indoors.
Our grandparents also taught us some exciting games that have faded away in this generation. We would play games like jumping the robe or play little house with food we got from home or the other game where you cut out pictures from magazines and paste in books to make your perfect dream house with everything inside it and play with it, it was called “plakboek”.
I remember how addicted I was to playing that book, I had to play with it everyday. There were even dolls our Mother’s would make from old materials and we play with it everyday while boys played with old car tires, running around as boys do. Those days were just so priceless. You cannot bring them back or compare them with today’s way of life.
Speaking under correction, I do not think children are still playing those games any more neither do I think the youth of today is willing to play those games.
They are too busy throwing shade on each other on the social media, most of them at least. As parents, the better judgement is that beating kids to maintain discipline is wrong or a risk of a social worker knocking at your door. In some cases, even worse, there is no child-parent love, no respect or possibly no communication at all.
Who and or what does one blame for all this trouble with our children. Is it social media, technology, alcohol and drug abuse, the parents or friends? The question remains, as much as one might want to turn a deaf ear to all this you cannot because its our own children perishing in the world.
We have to keep on teaching our children the right message, keep on loving them and most of all pray for them and with them. Hopefully, one way or the other they will come back to their senses and be normal children. Some parents really try their utmost best to keep their kids in order. Another woman said, she was tired of trying to get her children out of trouble as it would just get worse until she decided to curse them to die and disappear from her life. According to her maybe that’s how she can find rest and stop worrying about paying bail each time the children gets into trouble.
Now imagine that situation, she said she tried everything in her power to give her children what they needed as kids but still it was not enough. Could it be that the kids blamed her for their failures and chose to give up hope.
Moral is, kids will be kids. They always want to try out new things even if they know it is dangerous for them. They would prefer pleasing friends instead of their parents. They prefer getting advice from friends than from parents. So in my understanding it is better to let them do what they want and see or experience that what they do is wrong and maybe, just maybe they will know that those teachings from parents were the correct way. Like they say regret only comes after the damage is done.

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.